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WTJU celebrates International Women's Day 2012

On March 8, 1911, International Women's Day was first proclaimed in Europe to raise awareness of the concerns of the day - whether women should vote and hold property.

In 2012, as we begin the second century of International Women's Day, women's issues have changed and are now raised worldwide. WTJU will be marking International Womens' Day March 8 in conjunction with upcoming events at the U.Va. Women's Center and the U.Va. Nursing School.

WTJU will broadcast a number of stories from women and about women's issues, including the following special programs on March 7 and 8:
  • Wednesday, March 7 at noon on Radio Tropicale: Bruce Penner will host a panel discussion of current international women's topics, lead by Sharon Davie of the Women's Center.
  • Thursday, March 8 at 7pm on Eclectic Woman: Rebecca Foster will lead another panel discussion on current women's topics.
  • Thursday, March 8, on WTJU's 4-5pm hour dedicated to public affairs, we will air several long-form interview pieces on women's issues.
  • Throughout the broadcast days of March 7 & 8: Many short stories of and about women will air on WTJU.

THREE WOMEN'S STORIES:

Anne and the Conference
The U.Va. Nursing School is hosting a Conference of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, starting with a pre-conference Symposium on March 4.  The Sunday Symposium on Violence Against Women will be held in the U.Va. Nursing School's Jordan Hall Conference Center, and is cosponsored by the Nursing School and the Women's Center. The conference will follow on Monday and Tuesday, March 5-6, also in the Jordan Hall Conference Center.

This year’s Conference on Violence Against Women is held in honor of Anne Cary Randolph Bankhead, who was Thomas Jefferson’s eldest granddaughter.  She was born at Monticello to Martha Jefferson Randolph in 1791, and grew up largely at Monticello and at the Randolph's Edgehill estate.  While Jefferson was busy as President, he and Anne wrote each other often, largely on their mutual interest of gardening, even as Jefferson was planning his retirement and Anne her marriage.  In 1808 she married Charles Bankhead, who proved to be alcoholic, abusive, and improvident.  Anne often took refuge at Monticello, and preceded Jefferson in death by only five months in 1826, in part from complications during the birth of a premature son.
 
U.Va. Women's Center celebrates two women in March and April
On March 22, Kimberly Dozier (Grad ’93) will receive the 2012 U.Va. Distinguished Alumna Award.  Ms. Dozier currently covers intelligence and counterterrorism for the Associated Press (AP), a job that takes her to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond.  She was stationed in Baghdad from 2003 to 2006 as the chief reporter in Iraq for CBS News, and in 2006 was seriously injured in a Baghdad car bombing. She published her memoir Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report–and Survive–the War in Iraq in 2008, detailing her recovery from the bombing. Ms. Dozier re-released the book as a paperback in November 2011 updating it to reflect her return to the field and re-named, Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive, and Get Back to the Fight.
 
Ella Baker Day Symposium
On April 6 at the UVa Rotunda, the Women's Center will present its second Ella Baker Day Symposium.  Ella Josephine Baker was born in 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia.  Both sets of her grandparents grew up under slavery. Baker graduated in April 1927 from Shaw University in North Carolina as valedictorian. She moved on to become one of this nation's greatest activists and worked tirelessly as a leader who worked with numerous organizations and touched the lives of many. Some of the most notable organizations are the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Ms. Baker passed away in 1986 in New York. She has been recognized by many as the mother of the Civil Rights Movement.

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